NEWARK — A man threatening to jump from a bridge onto I-78 during the afternoon commute Tuesday survived and was taken to the hospital, according to police.

Police were called to Fabyan Bridge around 4:15 p.m. for a report of a man threatening to jump, said Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé.

The bridge spanning over I-78 is located between Lyons Avenue and Exit 55.

State Police stopped traffic going both ways on I-78 beneath the bridge as police tried to convince the man not to jump. Traffic was backed up for miles, RLS Media reported.

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Authorities placed an inflatable airbag on the highway below the overpass to cushion a possible fall.

However, the man refused several attempts by police to de-escalate.

He jumped as motorists who were stopped along the highway watched. The man missed the inflatable airbag and hit the asphalt below.

Man threatens to jump onto I-78 in Newark 4/23/24 (Courtesy RLS Media)
Man threatens to jump onto I-78 in Newark 4/23/24 (Courtesy RLS Media)

Somehow, the victim survived the plummet. He was "conscious and alert" after the fall, Fragé said. The man was taken to University Hospital.

State Police reopened I-78 to traffic as of 7 p.m.

Anyone in crisis and in need of immediate help can text or dial 988 or call the New Jersey Suicide Prevention Hopeline at 1-855-654-6735.

There also is a chat option on the website.

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